MIAMI, Fla. (July 25, 2003) -- Bell Motorsports announced today that GM Corvette Racing driver Andy Pilgrim will join the team for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant, September 19-21. Pilgrim will team with Bell Motorsports' regular drivers Terry Borcheller and Forest Barber in the #54 Chevy-powered Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype.
"It's always a thrill to get into a new race car," said Pilgrim. "I was able to do a couple of laps in the car at Daytona before the last race. I was mainly up there with the team giving them my impressions of the car and trying to help them out. But it gave me a chance to get familiar with the car in case I was able to get in it at a later race, which now will be helpful since I'll be in the car in Canada.
"I'm really looking forward to racing at the track. I've never been to Mont-Tremblant, but I always enjoy racing at new racetracks. Ron Fellows was telling me that it's his favorite track in Canada, and since Ron and I have similar taste in racetracks, I'm sure I'll like it," he continued.
Pilgrim has enjoyed much success at the wheel of Chevy-powered machines. He was one of the original members of the Corvette Racing Team when it debuted in 1999 and has five class victories with the team.
The English native, who now resides in Delray Beach, Fla., scored his second of two class victories at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2002, winning the American GT class in the Flis Motorsports #09 Corvette. His first Rolex 24 class win came in 1997 at the wheel of a Porsche.
At the 2001 Rolex 24 At Daytona, Pilgrim took second-place GTS honors as part of the star-studded #3 Corvette team that included Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in their only race together as teammates.
Bell Motorsports has scored three overall wins in the Rolex Series this season, more than any other team thus far. The victories by Borcheller and Barber at the Barber 250 at The Park, Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic and Paul Revere 250 have propelled the team to within seven points of the leaders in the Daytona Prototypes point standings.
"(Andy and I) won a championship together in '98 in the Speedvision Cup, which is now the Grand-Am Cup," said Borcheller. "I think he will bring a tremendous asset to the team. He's very good at developing a car, and we've obviously been developing the car really well throughout the season, but we don't want to stop. We want to keep going after the championship, and we think his input and feedback could be really help."
"I am delighted that Andy is able to join us at Mont-Tremblant in our Chevrolet Doran JE-4 Daytona Prototype. Andy, Terry and Bell Motorsports have championship-winning history together, and I am excited to have that combination together again for our effort," noted Barber.
"These guys have a championship to work for, and I am there to help them get that," added Pilgrim.
The 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant will be held on the classic Canadian road course September 19-21. Tickets are currently on sale for the second-annual Rolex Series race and can be purchased by calling 800-517-5725 or logging onto www.lecircuit.com.
Additional information on the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.